FIJI CULTURAL STATISTICS

 

What Cultural indicators to use for Fiji?

  • Fiji Cultural Domain
  • Fiji Cultural Indicators

What’s NEW!
Cultural Statistics in Fiji – defining its parameters.
What Cultural Indicators to use?
Pacific Workshop on Cultural Statistics – regional-standard setting

See Also

  • Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics
  • UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics
  • Cultural Indicators for New Zealand – Tohu Ahurea mo Aotearoa.

Cultural Statistics is a relatively new ideology in the Pacific especially for statisticians and also cultural specialists as they try to correlate the relationships between cultural phenomenon and other variables. In essence, cultural statistics refers to cultural data which can be utilized to establish profiles relevant to the situation of culture in the country. Its functions include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the development and implementation of cultural policies;
  • Measuring and monitoring the effectiveness of the cultural policy;
  • Enabling policy makers to make the best informed decision related to the culture sector;
  • Capturing the participation, response, interaction and patterns of human behavior in the implementation of cultural initiative;
  • Determining the contribution of culture to the economy and development.
  • Cultural statistics can be easily collected through the use of a Cultural Statistics Framework, which provides a conceptual structure upon which the definitions and tools to measure culture are organized. This is further defined by cultural domains and indicators.

Standards & Guidelines

  • Fiji Cultural Statistics Framework
  • UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics
  • Melanesian Alternative Indicators for Livelihood

Forums and Discussions:

  • National Technical Working Group on CSF
  • SPC Regional Cultural Statistics Meeting
  • MSG Alternative Indicators Meeting
  • SPC-Fiji Cultural Statistics Meeting

Fiji Cultural Statistics (Types)

  • Cultural Employment
  • Culture Visitors
  • Culture Students
  • Culture Scholarships
  • Craft Sales
  • Visual Art Sales.
  • Publications produced
  • Music Sales
  • Cultural Festivals organized
  • TV Viewers (Cultural Programs)
  • Radio Listeners (Cultural Programs)

Directories and Databases

  • Cultural Infrastructure
  • Artists Directory


WHAT CULTURAL INDICATORS TO USE FOR FIJI?

What Cultural indicators to use for Fiji?

  • Fiji Cultural Domain
Culture Domains

Domains are activities and practices that are grouped under broad categories. These are later subdivided into distinctive categories termed sub-domains. A sub-domain is used to identify a number of definable activities and practices or definable related industries and products that represent a distinct subcategory of a domain.

DOMAINS

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Book and Press
  • Audio-visual and Multimedia
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Other
SUB-DOMAINS

  • Historical monuments, museums, archives, libraries
  • Architecture, Photography, Fine Arts
  • Music, Theatre, Dance Architecture, Photography, Fine Arts
  • Books, Press
  • Cinema, Television, Radio

WORK ON FIJI CULTURAL DOMAINS

Fiji Cultural Indicators
Cultural Indicators

In the context of statistics, indicators are used to determine the degree of which culture is practiced in society so that proper data is gathered. Culture indicators can be narrowed down to measure more specific areas of culture such as oral culture (expressed/constructed in local languages), traditional practice (skills/values), arts/crafts, cultural sites, songs/dances, etc. These are considered pointers and derived from the domains listed earlier. Some indicators can include, and this is tentative in the case of Fiji:

? No. of people that visit the Archives to research;
? No. of borrowings made from the national or local library;
? No. of visitors to a national heritage site;
? No. and kind of radio programmes;
? Kind of music that people listen to;
? Kind of music that people listen to;
? Knowledge of particular languages that contributes to preserve the cultural diversity of a specific community;
? Taught or learnt language that contributes to the preservation of cultural diversity of a community;
? Frequency of telling a story/myth/legend to someone;
? Frequency of attending a theatre, musical or cinemas;
? No. of book production;
? No. of newspapers and periodicals;
? Frequency of making handicrafts;
? Participating in socio-cultural events;
? No. of people that visit the Archives;
? No. of borrowings made from the national or local library;
? No. of visitors to a national heritage site;
? No. and kind of radio programmes;
? Kind of music that people listen to;
? Knowledge of particular languages that contributes to preserve the cultural diversity of a specific community;
? Taught or learnt language that contributes to the preservation of cultural diversity of a community;
? Frequency of telling a story/myth/legend to someone;
? Frequency of attending a theatre, musical or cinemas;

Cultural Indicators are used by governments, development agencies, non-governmental organizations, media, academic institutions and the private sector, and many other users. The indicators are intended to inform users on various aspects of culture and development, including business investment, allocation of public funds, civil society advocacy or academic research, etc. From a development perspective culture indicators can be used for monitoring and evaluating the progress and impact of culture programmes and projects on the economy. Culture indicators are also often used to establish benchmarks, objectives, targets, and goals in the policy/planning and other development context.

WORK ON FIJI CULTURAL INDICATORS



CULTURAL STATISTICS STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES

Standards & Guidelines

  • Fiji Cultural Statistics Framework
Fiji Cultural Statistics Framework (FCSF)

This is a strategy pursued by the Department to ensure that cultural activities in the country are measured in as far as their contribution to national development is concerned.

The Culture Sector in Fiji considers as one of the most pivotal element of realizing its two main objectives emanates from the collection and also analysis of cultural data collected through a Cultural Statistics Framework developed. Simultaneously the need to elevate the status of culture as a priority of government can be realized through the provision of appropriate data collected from within the culture sector and its related agencies. Hence the facilitation of a Cultural Statistics Framework. It is envisaged that:

    • It will define and propose Thematic Domains and the Cultural Indicators. These indicators should be easily interpreted, adapted and used by local communities, state actors and regional and international partners/donors.
    • Assess current statistical systems and institutions in place and find:
  1. Gaps identifying the cultural data collection indicators lacking;
  2. Overlapping indicators in existing statistical and surveys conducted identified;
  3. Align culture-related surveys and data collection in existent for collaboration and data exchange.
  4. identify, review and analyse existing national, regional and international priorities, strategies and documents relating to, or impacting on the cultural sector in Fiji
  • Ensure an inclusive framework inculcating the Alternative Indicators of Well-being for Melanesian;
  • Propose and ensure a National Culture Survey Action Plan over a ten-year period is developed and implemented;
  • Creation of a centralized system for the collection and collation of data relevant to cultural statistics.

Developing a draft FCSF

UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics
UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics

UNESCO has been instrumental in providing a much needed framing to assist countries in preparing relevant guides at the national level pertinent to the measurement of activities in the culture sector. The UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics visualizes this important initiative.

View the UNESCO framework
View Guidelines for measuring Cultural Participation

Melanesian Alternative Indicators for Livelihood

Similar to the UNESCO initiative on cultural statistics, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) had had piloted in Vanuatu an Alternative Indicators of Well Being for Melanesia Programme which had been approved by the MSG Leaders in 2008.

When Vanuatu piloted the initiative alternative indicators included three broad domains contributing to well-being not measured in national accounts. These include:

  • Access to and availability of customary land;
  • Strengthening of social relationships and Melanesian values;
  • Understanding of and ability to participate in customary practices.

The Vanuatu pilot achieved its purpose in identifying gaps of information concerning Melanesian well-being and proposed measures to fill those gaps for future baseline collection to be taken with economic, education, and health at the same time.

A copy of the Report is now available for viewing



FIJI CULTURAL STATISTICS (TYPES)

Fiji Cultural Statistics (Types)

  • Cultural Employment
  • Culture Visitors
  • Culture Students
  • Culture Scholarships
  • Craft Sales
  • Visual Art Sales
  • Publications produced
  • Music Sales
  • Cultural Festivals organized
  • TV Viewers (Cultural Programs)
  • Radio Listeners (Cultural Programs)

The Department of National Heritage, Culture and Arts as the core government body responsible for the culture sector in Fiji is working towards the completion of a Cultural Statistics Framework for the country. This is being pursued with the assistance of the Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics (FIBOS) which is the main and key stakeholder in this regard.

Cultural Data:

culturalemployment
culturalvisitors
culturalstudents
culturescholarships
craftsales
visualartssales
publicationsproduced
musicsales
culturalfestivalorganised
tv-viewers


CULTURAL DIRECTORIES AND DATABASES

Cultural Infrastructure Cultural Infrastructure Directory

Details the level and type of cultural infrastructure that are in existence in Fiji. These can also be referred to as cultural spaces which can be used for cultural activities such as musical theatres, exhibition of artwork. A preliminary survey is currently being undertaken by the Statistics Unit of the Department on the type of infrastructure available in the country. And should you wish to participate in the survey and also register your institution:

COMPLETE SURVEY FORM

Or if you wish to make further enquiries, contact our statistics unit directly:

Mr. Meli Tokaibai – email:meli.tokaibai@govnet.gov.fj
Ms. Sereana Tadrau – email: sereana.tadrau@govnet.gov.fj

The following category of institutions fit into the above Directory of cultural spaces:

  • Mini-art gallery, Museum, Archives and Library (home based gallery)
  • Major Art Gallery, Museum, Archives and Library
  • Auditoriums/Theatre
  • Parks, Rara, Sports field
  • Conference, Seminar, Meeting Facilities
  • Cultural Sites of heritage significance (e.g. buildings, monuments)
  • Natural sites of heritage significance (e.g. Sand-dunes, Bouma Forest Park)
  • Others – enquire with the Department Statistics Unit
Artists Directory

A list of artists or practitioners of the different genres of the art is currently being pursued by the Department of National Heritage and the Fiji Arts Council. The List is basically a profile of the various artists in Fiji and through the publication it will opportunities for those who wish to engage artists for any activities have the opportunity to choose from a wide array of services offered by the artists. Simultaneously it tries to boost the opportunity of local artists to access economic opportunities at the national, regional and international level.

Artist Categories:

  • Visual Artists
  • Heritage (craft/carvers/sculptors) Artists
  • Performing Artists – dancers
  • Musicians/Singers/Band
  • Musical Composers and Song Writers
  • Decorators
  • Fashion Designers
  • Event Organizers
  • Authors
  • Actors (musical, theatre, Broadway, film)
  • Others

COMPLETE PROFILING FORM

Or if you wish to make further enquiries, contact our statistics unit directly:

Ms. Ulamila Liku – email: ulamila.liku@govnet.gov.fj
Ms. Sereana Tadrau – email: sereana.tadrau@govnet.gov.fj



FORUMS AND DISCUSSIONS

CULTURAL STATISTICS FORUMS AND DISCUSSIONS

National Technical Working Group on CSF Authority:
Membership:
Functions:
SPC Regional Cultural Statistics Meeting

At the Regional level, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) together with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has been actively involved through the hosting of regional workshops and seminars on cultural statistics. Most notable was the Pacific Region Cultural Statistics Meeting held in Suva Fiji from the 25th – 27th May 2011. Results of the meeting can be downloaded from the following SPC webpage:

http://www.spc.int/images/publications/en/Divisions/Hdp/en-cultural-statistics-meeting-2011.pdf

MSG Alternative Indicators Meeting

Furthermore, the MSG had organized a MSG Regional Stakeholder Meeting: Alternative Indicators of Well-being for Melanesia with Melanesian countries in March 2013. Culture and Statistics Officials represented concluded to:

  • Undertake in-country consultation with respective Agencies on the Project by end of April 2013 – appointment of an in-country officer to report back to the Secretariat;
  • Develop of a work plan and identify activities/constraints on the conduct of the pilot study in their respective countries;
  • Develop of a work plan and identify activities/constraints on the conduct of the pilot study in their respective countries;

Meeting concluded with an outcome statement:

SPC Fiji-Cultural Statistics Meeting

On Friday 5th July 2013, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), UNESCAP, the Department of National Heritage, Culture and Arts (DNHCA) and the Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics (FIBOS) jointly convened the ‘Fiji Cultural Statistics Development for Policy Workshop’ which brought together over 50 participants from government departments and agencies, statutory bodies, non-governmental organizations and cultural groups to discuss the development of a Fiji Cultural Statistics Framework.

Meeting Outcome:
Meeting Report: